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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Lecture, Mon 20 Apr 2020


Hampton Court Palace


East Molesey,

Events at this Venue


Food and feasting were essential elements at the court of Henry VIII, supporting treaty negotiations, diplomatic discussions and providing a dramatic stage for the celebration of weddings and births. These celebratory occasions displayed the conviviality of court life and helped to amplify monarchical power, but for all the detail that we know about the staging of these large-scale meals, we know remarkably little about the actual food that was served at them.

Our modern image of Henry VIII as gourmand and all-round consumer of whatever took his fancy is at distinct odds with the surviving evidence for the meals he attended. Rather than a pattern of wanton excess, we are left with evidence of a repetitive set of meals, with careful choice constructed within them not just for the diner, but for the purveyors, accountants and cooks who provided and created these meals.

This talk is part of the wider celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold. It will look at a surviving menu for the historic summit and place it within the wider context of the food at Henry VIII's court.

Credit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toilets

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 20 Apr 2020 12:00


£10, including a light lunch



See location of Hampton Court Palace on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 149686  Lat: 51.40479 Long: -0.34950

By car:
The palace is located on the A308 and is well signposted from all the major local roads. From the M25 take either exit 10 on to the A307 or exit 12 on to the A308. From the A3 and then the A309.

By train:
South West Trains run services direct from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. The journey takes only 35 minutes and the palace is a 2-minute walk across the bridge from the station. Hampton Court station is in zone 6. Oyster cards are accepted on this route.

By bus:
From Kingston - 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513
From Richmond - R68*
*These services accept Oyster cards, LT cards, bus passes, Travelcards, Freedom Passes and Saver Tickets.

By MInibus/coach:
Drop-off and collection points:
•Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance).
•Hampton Court Station Coach Park (200 metres from entrance).

By River boat:
From Richmond or Kingston with Turk Launches (April - mid September) and from Westminster with Westminster Passenger Cruises (April - September).

Car parking
Limited parking is available. During our busy periods it is advisable to consider other means of travel.

Accessible parking
There are 9 disabled parking bays available on site. Parking on site is free for Blue Badge holders.

£1.60 per hour (car parking bays fit a standard car only). Pay for your parking with cash or card.

Hampton Court Green (500 metres from entrance) - £1.50 per hour
Hampton Court Train Station (200 metres from entrance) - For information about prices, please visit the National Rail website.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome